Purpose: Learn the basics of our shipping rules feature, from what it is to how it works.
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Set up your shipping rules
Go to Settings > Shipping rules. In this overview, all of the created shipping rules are shown in the order that they will be applied in, from top to bottom. From here you can:
- Create a new rule
- Edit or delete existing rules
- Change the rule order.
- Toggle rules to be active or inactive
How do shipping rules work?
Shipping rules work by creating "if this (and this) then that" scenarios that, once set up, will apply to all orders which meet the criteria and automatically change these orders to match the rule created.
- If weight is less than 10kg, ship with PostNL Standard
- If to country is Germany ship with DPD Home
- If order value is greater than 200 then insure shipment by 200
Shipping rules consist of conditions and subsequent actions. The conditions determine when a rule will be applied to an order. For example, if a shipping rule is created with the condition "weight is less than 10kg" then all orders which have a weight under 10kg will have a shipping rule applied to them. The action is the change that will be made to orders that meet the conditions, e.g., "If weight is less than 10kg, ship with DPD Home".
Shipping rule order
Your smart shipping rules are applied in the order they are listed in the shipping rules overview. The rules are applied from top to bottom, so the rules at the top of the list will be applied first, followed by the next rule. It’s important to carefully choose the order of your smart shipping rules, ensuring that no desired actions will be canceled out by smart shipping rules listed further down in your overview.
For example, see the two rules below:
- If “To Country is Germany” (CONDITION), then “Ship With DPD Home” (ACTION).
- If “To Country is Germany” (CONDITION) AND “Weight is Greater Than 20kg” (CONDITIONS), then Ship With DHL Parcel Connect 15 – 31kg (ACTION)
In this example, you would ideally want to place these rules in the same order as above. This will ensure that the orders that are being shipped to Germany AND are heavier than 20kg will be shipped by the right carrier (DHL Parcel Connect 15 – 31kg).
If you placed the rules the other way round, then the rule containing the weight-related condition would be overwritten. The order would be shipped with DPD Home no matter its weight because both rules include the condition “To Country is Germany”.
How to see applied shipping rules
You can easily see which shipping rules have been automatically applied to your order by going to the Created labels tab and clicking the eye icon to enter the label details view. The name of the rule which has been applied, and the action will be listed.
→ Import shipping rules in bulk/CSV file
→ How to use shipping rules with Dynamic Checkout